I personally love Vector Art, because it is just such a flexible form of art, make it one size and you can scale it up and down (resolution wise) as you please. However I love vector graphics not only because of that fact – I love the Style that vector graphics typically represent. Bright colors, crisp and clean lines, fun ideas, this is typically the type of thing you will find in a good vector illustration – sometimes cartoony, sometimes serious, sometimes minimal – always satisfying. I am sure most of you are familiar with vector graphics and art, but if not, here is a quick rundown.
What Is Vector Art?
According to the wiki – the actual description of Vector Graphics are as follows.
Vector graphics is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent images in computer graphics. “Vector”, in this context, implies more than a straight line.
Vector graphics is based on images made up of vectors (also called paths, or strokes) which lead through locations called control points. Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes of the work plan. Each point, as well, is a variety of database, including the location of the point in the work space and the direction of the vector (which is what defines the direction of the track). Each track can be assigned a color, a shape, a thickness and also a fill. This does not affect the size of the files in a substantial way because all information resides in the structure; it describes how to draw the vector.
There are instances when working with vector tools and formats is the best practice, and instances when working with raster tools and formats is the best practice. There are times when both formats come together. An understanding of the advantages and limitations of each technology and the relationship between them is most likely to result in efficient and effective use of tools.
Vector graphics editors typically allow rotation, movement (without rotation), mirroring, stretching, skewing, affine transformations, changing of z-order (loosely, what’s in front of what) and combination of primitives into more complex objects.
More sophisticated transformations include set operations on closed shapes (union, difference, intersection, etc.).
Vector graphics are ideal for simple or composite drawings that need to be device-independent, or do not need to achieve photo-realism. For example, the PostScript and PDF page description languages use a vector graphics model.
All that nerdy talk makes my inner math geek giddy with joy. Shapes, Lines and Curves OH MY! Vector art is a geometrical wonderland just exploding with ideas, creativity and the fundamentals of our universe. I hope that these pieces of vector art inspire you to not only create your own, but maybe to explore the inner workings – the lines, curves, shapes – geek out and delve into the math world for Even MORE inspiration and creativity fuel to take your work to the next level. Whatever you are working on – I hope that you Enjoy these!
What is your favorite Vector Graphic? Maybe you have a favorite t-shirt with vector characters? Or art from a magazine? Tell us about it in the comments below! Thanks for Reading!